August 18, 2017, 11:10 pm
Hoop Ball Kings is proud to bring you a brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season. Over the next two months we will be doing a roundtable series which involves all three of our writers here at Hoop Ball Kings. We’ll be discussing various topics including season projections for each player on the Kings roster, record predictions and more.
First and foremost, we will run through every player currently on the Kings roster and provide our personal predictions for their output this season.
To get things started, we begin with one of the newest Kings on the roster, George Hill. Hill signed a three-year, $57 million deal with Sacramento back in July after spending a season with the Utah Jazz. The 31-year-old posted averages of 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 31.5 minutes per game (49 games) on 47.7 percent shooting from the field (40.3 from three). He was held back due to injuries for most of last season but when he was healthy he was one of the best players on the floor. Hill’s going to be a veteran leader for the Kings next season, but how well will he perform production-wise?
Stat-line Prediction: 18.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks. 44.8% FG, 38.5% 3PT, 82% FT.
Hill will begin the season as the starting point guard for Sacramento and will be leaned on heavily. He has a great chance to be the Kings’ MVP this season too if he can stay healthy, however, staying healthy has been a struggle for him of late. We’ll know fairly early on in the season how Dave Joerger plans to use Hill but odds are he comes right out of the gate as the go to guy on offense.
He very well could end up scoring more than this, but he may also end up taking a backseat to De’Aaron Fox at some stage; a move which would obviously dampen Hill’s production. Either way, when Hill’s on the court for Sacramento, odds are he will be productive and reliable which is exactly what the Kings ask of him.
Stat-line Prediction: 16.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks. 44.2% FG, 37% 3PT, 83% FT.
Hill joins the Kings after having one of the best statistical seasons of his career. However, I don’t believe he matches many of the numbers he’s had in the past as he’s just crossed over the 30-year-old mark. Also, a big ‘what-if’ is the progression of rookie De’Aaron Fox. If Fox becomes a leader of the team, it wouldn’t surprise me if Hill’s numbers take a hit.
Stat-line Prediction: 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks. 47.5% FG, 37% 3PT, 80% FT.
George Hill will likely be asked to be the primary option on offense to start the season, and his history would suggest that he’s more than capable of that. Hill led the Pacers in points per game during the 2014-15 season and was extremely efficient despite a lack of offensive talent around him.
He had a career-high 8.9 assists per-100 possessions that season while also scoring a career-high 28.1 points per-100 possessions, a total that he matched last year with the Jazz. While the team will likely try to give more minutes to De’Aaron Fox as the season goes on, Hill will still be asked to run the offense quite a bit and probably won’t dip below 30 minutes per game at any point.